*Sigh*. The things I’m making myself do for this blog. Yes, I ate a brain. A little brain, to be sure. But a whole brain. I saw a packet of two sheep’s brains in a supermarket, thought Ooh, I’ve never eaten a brain before!, bought the brains (€2.50) and then… well, I was kind of committed to doing it. I won’t say I leapt into the activity with no misgivings. The brains did look pretty… well, brain-y.
Stiff upper lip though eh, best foot forward and once more unto the breach, dear friends. You never know – in some cultures (Chinese for example) eating brain is supposed to help cure innumerable ailments, from impotence and epilepsy to forgetfulness and a simple bump on the noggin. As far as I know I’m neither impotent or epileptic but I am quite forgetful and I knock myself about a fair bit. Oh well, let’s see if brain helps me! I’m also a big fan of zombie films, so having these around gave me a great opportunity to shuffle around my flat going ‘Braaaaaaaains… Braaaaaaaaaaains…’
Should any of you wish to cook yourself a brain, here is a handy step-by-step guide. I got the recipe off the internet somewhere.
Ok, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so how were the brains, I hear you ask. Sadly nobody accepted my invitation to eat the second brain, so I was all on my own with this. They actually didn’t smell too bad – sort of sweet and chickeny. Here is my reaction to the first mouthful:
My initial reaction was not, as you can see, one of joy. I’m not a big fan of mushy-textured meat and this was very mushy indeed, a bit like blended ham fat or something. It definitely reminded me of something specific though, which I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The carrot sticks began to be a great help to me. As long as I could balance out brain with carrot stick, I was ok.
Well, what can I say: eating a brain was quite astonishingly awful. I did it, but I will not be in a hurry to do it again. Maybe someone else out there would enjoy it. I don’t generally like offal apart from liver and I’m suspicious of meat with mushy textures so I probably wasn’t the best candidate for this experiment. It really was shit though. Oh well…